The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in collaboration with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), will host a three-day workshop to enhance decision-making skills among organisations.THAG Executive Director Treina Butts, former GCCI President Lance Hinds and new GCCI President Vishnu Doerga at the opening ceremony of the MfDR workshopThe workshop is being held at Cara Lodge, Georgetown, under the theme “Managing for Development Results (MfDR) for Business Support Organisations in Guyana”.MfDR is a management strategy that focuses on using performance information to improve decision-making. The MfDR strategy involves using practical tools for strategic planning, risk management, process monitoring, and outcome evaluation.Representatives from various local businesses and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) who are involved in coordinating and facilitating technical assistance to Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are participating in the intensive three-day workshop.The sessions will see participants being trained in MfDR strategy that will empower local BSOs to improve their chances of garnering funding from international donors for developmental projects because MfDR tools are internationally recognised as the standard.In addition, the workshop will enable the participants to design quality proposals which will display a response to the needs and priorities of the community and key stakeholders. BSOs are being held accountable by international donors to demonstrate results, and they must prove that they are providing value for money.One of the facilitators will be Executive Director of THAG, Treina Butts, who had participated in a Training/Facilitator support workshop in Barbados last year.Speaking at the opening ceremony on Thursday, Butts said during the three-day session she will enlighten the participants on MfDR. She noted that MfDR goals were clear and measurable, limited in number and concrete with time-bound targets.“MfDR is more than a methodology, it is a way of thinking and acting built on practical toolbox for improved public management,” she stated.According to Butts, the MfDR cycle involves five core stages: setting goals and agreeing on targets and strategies, allocating the available resources to activities that will contribute to achievement of the desired results, monitoring and evaluating whether resources allocated are making the intended difference, reporting on performance to the public and feeding that information back into the decision-making process.Meanwhile, GCCI President Vishnu Doerga encouraged the participants to share the knowledge they gained from the workshop with their respective colleagues to spread MfDR practices.“The only way to know if you really understand something is to teach it. So I’d urge you to get back into your organisations and teach your colleagues the things you have learnt… It’s very frustrating to push organisations forward when nobody understands what you are talking about,” he stated.
At least 820 families received donations intended to celebrate the joy of Christmas. – Opens Free Computer, Resource Center, Feeding ProgramAt least 600 families in Kparkacon (Turtle’s Back) Community, Marshall Highway, Lower Margibi County; Samukai Field and Little White Chapel Communities, Logan Town, Montserrado County; and Suehn Mecca Community, Lower Bomi County had Christmas to remember because of a donation of food and non-food items to people of all ages from the Nmah-Clarke Family Humanitarian Aid (NCFHA).Also, newly born babies and their mothers including children under five years old and their mothers, about 220 in total, both at the main John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and its maternity wing (the Liberia-Japan Maternity Hospital), as well as the James N. Davis Jr. Maternity Hospital, benefited.The family charity started in 2016 in the United States by Mrs. Tuwroh Nmah Clarke and her husband Delano.The family charity thrilled residents of the four communities from the three counties and patients at the two hospitals on free meals (snacks) and special children’s gifts such as tooth brushes, toothpaste and toys over last weekend, which ended on Christmas.The Operations Manager of NCFHA-Liberia, Madam Panneh Nmah, said: “The donations were intended to celebrate the joy of Christmas with the people and also remind them about the importance of education, hygiene and peace.”Presiding elder Marshall Gornoe of the four villages – Kparkacon, Flocon, Henry, and Kponzen, said Sunday’s donation marked the second in two years and the people of the villages are glad and appreciative. He also thanked the Nmah-Clarke family for the installation of the hand-pump which provides clean and safe drinking water.“We are happy and thankful. We want to remind you that we also want school in our community,” said Elder Gornoh.Mrs. Clarke listening to appreciations from the people for the donationsMr. Emmanuel “Dean” Wilson of Suehn Mecca Town, Bomi County, told the families that Madam Tuwroh Nmah attended the Suehn Mecca Baptist Mission up to 1990 because of the civil war and that her coming back is a way to appreciate the Mission she attended.“Mrs. Tuwroh Nmah- Clarke is not a politician, she is a humanitarian and her annual festive visit to us to provide bags of rice, beans, soap, clothes, toys and other gifts is her way to giving back to the poor as a philanthropist,” Dean Wilson said.The Town Chief of Suehn Mecca, Lagba Brown, also thanked the Nmah-Clarke family for the donations, “Our prayers are with you, wherever to take this money from to feed and clothe us, may it be multiplied plenty times.”Mrs. Clarke told journalists that the Christmas program and the school project were her own way of giving back to the people, having attended the Suehn Mission School prior to the Civil War in Liberia.“It is an honor to come to help these children. I have lived in this town and schooled here before so I know what it is”, Mrs. Clarke said.Earlier, some of the residents including women and the elderly thanked the young couple through the Nmah Clarke Humanitarian Aid for sharing the joy of Christmas with the children and people of Suehn Mecca District, in Bomi County.In the Samukai Field Community – Logan Town, Montserrado; Francis Samukai of Logan Town said: “We are happy, this is our fifth time benefiting from the Nmah-Clarke group and it is always a worthy thing to give back to the community where you once lived. Mrs. Clarke’s parents lived in Logan Town about 42 years ago. We are happy that she has identified with the elderly and children of this community.”Mrs. Clarke calling the roster for the distributionOldma Juah Wesseh said: “The Christmas has been always good to us since 2016 when the Nmah-Clarke family humanitarian group begun to share Christmas with us.”On Christmas day, over 120 children, including children from one-day one to 28 days and children under five years old both at the main John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and the Liberia-Japan Maternity Hospital of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital received food and gifts.At least 65 children also received food and gifts at the James N. Davis Jr. Maternity Hospital at Neezoe in Paynesville.The gifts include pampers, baby wipes, soaps, powder, Vaseline, cotton balls, vegetables, puree food, clothes, blue bed pads, snacks, cool aid juice, fruit snacks and among others.Besides the gifts and food shared, children in the James N. Davis Hospital community also benefited from free gifts.Assistant Administrator Alfreda Tarplah, Nurse Doris Beyan as well as Administrator Davidetta A.B. Parker and Nurse Manager Nyeminah Y. Williams received the food and gifts respectively at the sections of the JFK Hospital. They separately extended their heartfelt appreciations.Maternity staff Pauline Kortie, Shift Supervisor Rukiatu Bah and Ward Supervisor Lovo Konoe received the food and gifts on behalf of the James N. Davis Hospital.Sources said the donations in the four communities in the three counties including the two hospitals are worth about US$48,000.Meanwhile, after the festive break which follows the beginning of 3rd marking period within the 2018/2019 academic calendar, hundreds of students within Logan town and its environs are expected to enjoy free computer school and internet-resource center established by the Nmah-Clarke Family Humanitarian Aid (NCFHA).The US$39,000 free Computer and Research Center is aimed at boosting the NCFHA’s education program to the already 20 scholarships offered to deserving female students between 7–19 years of age, who are underprivileged.Tuwroh Nmah Clarke, and her husband Delano believe that education is a core element of sustainable development and education enable individuals to build more prosperous and successful lives and societies to achieve economic prosperity and social welfare.Besides the free computer school and internet-research center, a free feeding program for children in Logan town has also been launched.Mrs. Clarke, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/President of NCFHA said: “In addition to the establishment of the NCFHA Building, which comprises operational offices, free computer and resource center, there is also a kitchen from which we will be offering free lunch to the kids every Saturday.”“The one-year pilot initiative of free lunch for kids was officially launched December 22,” Mrs. Clarke said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly Tuesday backed all-rounder Vijay Shankar to do well in the upcoming World Cup, saying his bowling would come in handy in English conditions.There has been debate over Shankar being picked in the England-bound India team ahead of Ambati Rayudu, with the selectors saying they went for the “three-dimensional skills” offered by the Tamil Nadu player.”Vijay Shankar will do well. He is a good young cricketer. His bowling will come handy. Let’s not be too negative about him. He has got a place because he has played in Australia and New Zealand and done well,” Ganguly, who is an advisor to IPL team Delhi Capitals told PTI in an interaction.The former skipper also said that talented Rishabh Pant, who has been ignored for this edition, should not feel depressed about his non-selection.”Yes, Pant also could have been part of this side but he need not worry. He has many more years. He is just 20, he will play a few World Cups.”Asked if India could go all the way with three front-line pacemen, Ganguly said that’s the way the team wants to play with an all-rounder at number 7.”Pandya is the first choice. If he gets injured, then (Ravindra) Jadeja. That allows them to play three fast bowlers. If anybody gets injured it is just a 10-hour flight,” he added.On the 50-overs World Cup, Ganguly said this edition could be very competitive due to the format, where all teams play each other in the league stage.advertisement”This format was last tried in 1992 when everyone played everyone. In the past we felt there were one or two weak ones. This time it is not so. West Indies is strong, Australia is back to where they were, New Zealand is strong, India is strong. And Pakistan played very well in England,” he added.On Eden Gardens pitch, nobody bowls well: Sourav GangulyTo a question, if Kuldeep Yadav’s loss of form during the ongoing IPL was a cause for concern with the World Cup around the corner, Ganguly said the Eden Gardens strip didn’t have much in it for the spinners and backed the Chinaman bowler to come back well.”On Edens Gardens pitch, nobody bowls well. You only see scores of 220 and 230. Just see the number of runs that have been scored. Kuldeep is a huge talent, some times we judge bowlers on the basis of T20 cricket which is not the best thing to do, especially with spinners. He will come back well,” the former India captain added.Ganguly on Delhi Capitals’ IPL 2019 performancesThe former Bengal cricketer, who has taken over as the advisor at DC this season, credited the players for the way they have performed and sealing a spot in the playoffs.”I think a lot of credit should go the people who play in the XI. Because we guide them and try to help, try to keep them in a good frame of mind, keep the good confidence going. Even when I was the captain, it is the XI that matters. The real credit should go to the players.”About the standout performers for the Delhi team, which has reached the playoffs after a gap of seven years, Ganguly said everyone had done well and praised Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rishabh Pant and the young captain Shreyas Iyer.”I think everybody has played well, that’s why you get there. Shikhar has been outstanding. Rishabh Pant whenever he has got away from Delhi on good pitches, hard pitches where there is carry, he has been exceptional with the bat.”Shreyas Iyer has been exceptional as a young captain and taken the responsibility and taken the team forward. He has been brilliant with the bat under pressure. Axar Patel, Rabada has been superb.”Ishant Sharma has been a revelation. A lot of people felt he was a Test match bowler but to come up and do well in T20s at this stage of the career shows you can turn it on any time you want. There is nobody called Test bowler, one day bowler or T20 bowler. It just how you adapt and make a difference to your own game.”He said the team would take it game by game going forward in the season.”You never know what happens, there are just 20 overs. If you make mistakes, in two-three overs the game is gone. It is not Test cricket or 50 overs where you can come back. We will take every game and see where we finish,” Ganguly added.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni has a very important role to play for India at 2019 World Cup: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | It is my responsibility to help Virat Kohli when he is in doubt: Rohit SharmaAlso See:
NATHAN Brown says London will be a tricky proposition when Saints travel to The Hive this Saturday.Even though the Broncos have been relegated they are a team that “competes hard” for each other and may even “chance their arm more” as they have nothing to lose.“They have had some performances down there and have pushed Wigan, Warrington and Huddersfield close on their own field,” he said. “They seem to enjoy playing there.“Joey (Grima) has had one part of his mind on next year and has blooded some youngsters so they are probably in a bit of a transition period too.“One thing that has stood out though is those guys have kept competing for each other and that is a real credit to Joey and the players themselves.“It is a tough situation to be in but they are starting to produce players themselves which is important. There are solid foundations there.“It is still about consistency for us though as we haven’t put in a string of performances together for a while. We need to look at ourselves and look at what sort of team we want to be.”Saints came through Friday’s win over Bradford with no fresh injury concerns – but are unlikely to welcome back Luke Walsh this week.“We came through the game pretty sound,” Brown added. “Anthony Laffranchi and Kyle Amor came through well and it was good for them to get a game.“Luke Walsh will probably miss another week though. Obviously we would like him to play as he’s missed some footy, but he isn’t quite ready at the moment. It will be good to see him back as he’s missed a few games.“Jon Wilkin has been able to help out there though and that has been pleasing.“We had some good performances at Rochdale and Whitehaven last weekend too and those players will come into the reckoning. Shannon McDonnell had his first game and will probably need another couple. He will be a handy acquisition for us.”